Call for Country Experts -Research Into The ‘Fake News’ Eco-system In West Africa

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is looking to recruit up to fifteen (15) researchers to undertake studies in each of the 15 ECOWAS member states (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) that will assess the misinformation and disinformation eco-system.

Those selected will work with CDD’s research coordinator to produce a country report based on a review of relevant regional and country specific literature and key informant interviews. They will also be expected to participate in two (virtual) workshops – one at the start of the project to support the development of the key themes to be explore and one at the end to highlight key trends that can feed into a regional report.

Reports can be written in French or English but the applicant should have some grasp of English in order to participate in the proposed digital workshops.

The total number of working days for each country study is 15 (fifteen) with the bulk of the work scheduled to take place between April and July 2021.   

Interested applicants should have:

  • A university degree
  • A minimum of five years experience conducting or supporting research in the country(ies) of interest.
  • Specific experience working on issues of misinformation/disinformation; or social media; or communications; or other relevant areas.
  • Demonstratable contacts in the digital space in the country(ies) of expertise.
  • Examples of published written analysis on the theme, or relevant themes.

To apply please send a CV, a short (max one-page) cover letter detailing your relevant experience and an example of your published written work to

Please state in your email the country or countries that you wish to be considered for.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.